Drew Brees and the Saints put on an offensive showcase that no one could have seen coming on Sunday, as the QB tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns as the Saints outlasted the Giants 52-49.
Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yard field goal as time ran out for the win for the Saints, who are now .500 on the season at 4-4.
Brees was the story though, throwing for a whopping 511 yards to go along with the seven scoring passes.
”It’s not like we came out today with the intent to set a few records just to shut some people up,” said Brees.
”Our mindset is, every time we step on the field, we have a chance to do something pretty special.”
Maybe the even bigger story is how well the Saints have recovered after a start that had many thinking they would have a top five draft choice next May.
They were 0-3 to start the season, and have won four of their last five to even their mark at the halfway point of the season.
The Saints forced the Giants (4-4) to punt from their 25 with 20 seconds to go.
Marcus Murphy returned Brad Wing’s punt 24 yards across the 50 and fumbled, but Snead recovered. Giants punter Brad Wing may have been better served punting the ball out of bounds. Instead, he tried to make a tackle, but was flagged for a facemask.
That penalty set up the winning kick on Forbath’s first field goal attempt with New Orleans, which signed him before last week’s victory at Indianapolis. It was the fifth winning field goal for the former Redskins kicker and tied his career long.
”I’ve been fortunate to get in situations where it’s come down to a kick,” Forbath said.
”I really work on, in practice, trying to make everything the same every single time.”
Only seven other players threw seven TD passes in a game, including Peyton Manning and Nick Foles in 2013. Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp also did it between 1943-69.
Brees again proved just how good he can be, and how good the Saints can be when he’s as good as he was Sunday against the Giants.
The Saints have a shot to get over .500 as they host the 1-6 Titans next Sunday at home.